Young people in Mitchell Shire to Be Heard
25 August 2014
Young people in the Mitchell Shire will soon be boosting their broadcasting skills while having their voices heard on a community-wide scale, thanks to the Victorian Coalition Government’s Be Heard! grants program.
Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan said local radio station Mitchell Community Radio Inc OKR 98.3 FM would be funded with $5,000 to train young people in the ways of broadcast media.
“The Be Heard! initiative allows young people to experience first-hand the challenge and excitement of working in a radio station,” Ms Ryan said.
“Through the Be Heard! Grant the station will have the ability to deliver their The Next Step project.
“The project will encourage young people to consider expanded participation in community radio. This includes existing young presenters moving into audio production, technical operations and playlist management and training.
“Newer youth presenters can take advantage of established youth time slots from 4 to 6pm daily either independently or through structured programs such as the proposed ’Wallan Walk-In’ project.”
Ms Ryan said Be Heard! is part of a four-year $200,000 Coalition Government commitment to supporting young people in regional Victoria to engage with business, industry and their local community.
“The Be Heard! program is part of the Victorian Government’s Youth Statement Engage Involve, Create the Victorian Government supports programs that give young people opportunities to get involved in their community and gain practical skills,” Ms Ryan said.
“I presented a current affairs program on a community radio station when I was a student and the experience taught me some great skills,” Ms Ryan said.
Minister for Youth Affairs Ryan Smith said community radio played a big part in the lives of regional and rural Victorians, and the Be Heard! program was a fantastic opportunity for young people in these areas to have a voice in their communities.
“There are few opportunities in regional and rural Victoria for aspiring broadcasters, and, along with developing their skills. Be Heard! will help young people in the Kilmore region get a foot in the door in this competitive industry.”
For further information on the Be Heard! program visit www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/beheard.